How to Choose the Right Kind of Magnesium For You
There are many different types of magnesium, and each kind of magnesium does something a little different. While I'm notorious for being a fan of magnesium bicarbonate and magnesium (lysine glycinate chelate), there are many different kinds of magnesium that do different things.
Magnesium Citrate - this kind of magnesium is great for digestive health (especially constipation), muscle and nerve support, and bone strength. This is one of the more popular types of magnesium.
Magnesium Glycinate - know for it's ability to aid in anxiety, depression, chronic stress, insomnia and muscular tension, magnesium glycinate is a common favorite for a reason. I suggest trying it in it's chelated form, which simply means that it has added amino acids to help the body absorb and use the magnesium.
Magnesium Chloride - this form of magnesium is one that can be ingested, but I advise that this form only be used in a warm bath, or in spray form so it can absorb through the skin. The skin absorbs magnesium very rapidly, so magnesium baths are a great addition to supplementing with whatever kind of magnesium you want to take internally. Magnesium chloride is great for addressing magnesium decencies, and can often be a better starting point than starting with a pill or liquid magnesium.
Magnesium Lactate - a lesser discussed magnesium, magnesium lactate is excellent for heart health and for the nervous system and digestive system. This form is also used when someone is suffering from a deficiency.
Magnesium Malate - great for mood, blood sugar, exercise performance, and chronic pain, magnesium malate is a great addition for many, and especially anyone who has PCOS, or endometriosis.
Magnesium Taurate - this type of magnesium is best known for heart health, but it also acts as an antioxidant. It maintains normal levels of calcium, which can also be beneficial for bone health.
Magnesium Sulfate - a lesser known magnesium, and typically used in hospitals, magnesium sulfate is not a type of magnesium that you would typically use in supplementation form, and I do not recommend it. This would be used in an emergency situation, as for very high blood pressure, as we see in severe pre-eclampsia.
Magnesium Oxide - known for it's benefits for aiding in migraine prevention, constipation and depression, magnesium oxide is an excellent choice for many. This type of magnesium is especially great for sleep, and can help those who struggle with relaxing in the evening and being relaxed enough to go to sleep.
For brands, I suggest looking into Jigsaw Health, Pure Encapsulations, Dr's Best, and Country Life. For bath salts, Life Flo is a wonderful option.